Changes to Standards
Revised AATB Standards Coming into Effect January 31, 2023
The Board of Governors acted on recommendations from the Standards Committee and approved changes to the 14th Edition (2016) of AATB's Standards for Tissue Banking.
The below changes were announced in Bulletin 22-5, with a six-month preparatory period starting on July 31, 2022. A redlined copy of the Standards Manual was disseminated at that time to all Bulletin recipients to assist in the preparation process. Members were advised to ensure that by January 31, 2023, these changes are reflected in all relevant standing operating procedures, policies, and staff training files.
The changes to the Standards for Tissue Banking coming into effect January 31, 2023, are as follows (see exact verbiage in the updated Standards manual):
- A2.000 Definitions of Terms: Dehydration, Desiccation, Lyophilization, Tissue Distribution Intermediary
- E2.613 Residual Moisture – Lyophilization/Dehydration/Desiccation
- E2.710 Lyophilization
- E2.720 Dehydration/Desiccation
- M1.000 Tissue Distribution Intermediaries
There are no changes to the Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation coming into effect on January 31, 2023.
A clean copy of the Standards containing said changes will be available to AATB members through the AATB Portal within the next few days.
Changes to Standards Entering a Six-Month Preparatory Period on January 31, 2023
Changes to the following Standards for Tissue Banking have been approved by the Board of Governors with a 6-month preparatory period starting January 31, 2023, and expiring July 31, 2023, when said changes will come into effect.
- K2.520 Calibrations of Storage Devices, and related affected Standards
- A2.000 Definitions of Terms: Traceability
Changes to the following Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation have been approved by the Board of Governors with a 6-month preparatory period starting January 31, 2023, and expiring July 31, 2023, when said changes will come into effect.
- Section G, Requests for the Use of NAM
Redlined versions of the Standards are available by request to the MwER or Management Representative for Accreditation of each AATB Accredited Establishment by emailing email@example.com.
Members are advised to ensure that the changes are reflected in all relevant standard operating procedures, policies, and staff training files by July 31, 2023, when the changes will come into effect.
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.